Monday, August 24th, 2020

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Home internet just went down. No problem, let me use my phone as a hot spot. Nope, cell service (not provided by the same company) appears to be down too. Well, work phone it is. That's my Monday so far.

Even though I have connectivity through a hotspot, I still feel as if I am deeply impacted by the fact my home internet is down. We're past the four hour mark of this downtime, and in an era where I am working from home, it feels particularly rough.

The great drought is over. Home internet has returned.

Iain M. Banks' Phlebas TV adaptation at Amazon no longer happening | Den of Geek

Exclusive: Amazon Prime's planned adaptation of Iain M. Banks' Consider Phlebas/The Culture book series is not happening, confirms writer Dennis Kelly

@sarajeong live tweets the Apple vs. Epic TRO first day

Matt Pentz is among my favorite sports writers, and he writes here about my favorite rivalry

Do note, the Athletic is a site that requires a subscription. I highly recommend it.

Navy Squadron Commander Gives Opinion on AI winning 5-0

As with most things, reading more than a single thing on a topic is a very important thing. This segment highlights the core of why the AI won in his eyes:

In true gamesmanship fashion, the guns-only BFM engagement was the setting for the AlphaDogfight contest. So what jumped out at me about the engagements? Three main points. First was the aggressive use of accurate forward quarter gun employment. Second, was the AI’s efficient use of energy. Lastly was the AI’s ability to maintain high-performance turns.

An absolutely fascinating discussion about laws which seemed insignificant when passed but had huge repercussions or by-products since

2,000-year-old redwoods survive wildfire at California's oldest state park

I was very worried the fire would do in the forest, but as the article points out, fires can be good for forests and these trees have survived fires before.

Anyone remember Project Ara?

It was an abandoned project at Google, to explore the idea of a modular smartphone. Imagine being able to buy parts and pieces and swap them in and out of your phone. Do you focus on media and watching movies? You could add memory. Photography? Better camera. Medical or scientific field uses requiring special equipment? Sure! It seemed like such a cool idea. Sadly they abandoned it.

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